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A Small Change in Plans .... :)

Monday, February 01, 2010

Today I went to the doctors for a physical. I figured with the big weight loss I've experienced in the past year - maybe I should make sure everything is in working order.

The really cool news is that my doctor is AMAZED at my weight loss. She said "You have proved that you don't need surgery to do this .. way to go!". I asked her what she thought my goal weight should be. I explained my tentative goal of middle of the "normal" on the BMI chart which is 153 for my height of 5'10". She advised me to consider 180 a good weight to be at and to not go any lower than 160 on the low end. She felt because of my height & bone structure that that would be a good healthy range for me.

THAT changes things. That means I'm 9 pounds away from being where she'd like to see me and I'm then about 19 pounds from where I'd like to be in order to give myself a 10 pound wiggle room. Just yesterday I was thinking I'd have about 40 more pounds to go and today it's half that! Nineteen more pounds and I'm going into maintenance. New goal weight of 170 pounds. Here I come!

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There was an additional reason why I went to see the doctor.

My sister was recently diagnosed with Arnold Chiari Malformation. She will be having surgery on her brain/neck/spinal cord in March. This will help to alleviate the symptoms. This is a genetic birth defect that can not be cured. We now believe that my mother may have had this disorder too. I've made an appointment on Wednesday for an MRI to see if I was born with it too. I don't have any painful or troublesome symptoms currently - memory loss, double vision & sleep apnea are my potential symptoms. All are manageable.

Here's what Chiari is in a nutshell (no pun intended):



I have a deep knowing that I probably have this defect. I just want to know if I need to give up riding roller coasters and other defiant acts against gravity ....

Not to worry Sparkfriends - this disorder is not going to get me or my sister down. And it's one HUGE motivator to stay on track to reaching & keeping my weight goals. Must keep a strong core .. Chiari or not!!

Remember .... Never, ever, ever, ever give up!! emoticon
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  • JUST_SIMONE
    Wow that's fantastic news about your new goal weight! I am due for my annual physical and was planning on asking my ANP the same thing.
    3886 days ago
  • IDEBORAH
    9 pounds, way to go. [And just a thought: you do not need a 10 pound wiggle room. I think that is old fat thinking when it took 10 pounds to make any difference at all. My body seems to be fine with a 4 pound range. Of course I've only been in maintenance for a month, what do I know?]

    CONGRATS ON AN AWESOME JOB!!!

    Keeping you in my thoughts. I admire your spirit so much.
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    3891 days ago
  • REDFROG25
    Wow, Debra, great news! Today is the MRI? So glad you are doing this: better to know than not to know and carry that skeevy worry around. But back to 9 pounds away... emoticon
    3891 days ago
  • BARBARA_G
    Congratulations on getting so close to your weight goal! How nice of your doctor to tell you to lose less weight. emoticon
    I hope you are lucky with your test and it turns out that you don't have the condition.
    I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
    Barbara
    3892 days ago
  • MEADSBAY
    Well, I'm sorry about your sister's diagnosis and hope you get a clean bill of health from your own testing.
    I am so thrilled for you that:
    #1 your doc was so happy about your amazing accomplishment
    and #2 she has given you a healthy, reasonable and more easily achieved goal weight to strive for! That is good news, indeed.
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    3893 days ago
  • SIMPLELIFE4REAL
    Didn't you have Bell's palsy last summer? (or am I confused.) Wonder if it was really a symptom of this instead.

    I hope your sister's surgery goes well. It's good they figured out what the problem is.
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    Kay
    3893 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2562942
    Fabulous news! I hope you are feeling very proud of yourself today. YOU did this!!
    3893 days ago
  • HIPPICHICK1
    Wow! emoticon on being so close to goal!! I can feel your excitement and I want to party with you!
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    3893 days ago
  • GIRANIMAL
    Oh my goodness, that's awesome news about your doc's recommendation! Is your head totally spinning? You're almost done! Maintenance here you come! I am doing a happy dance for you right now.

    Also, thanks for the idea of checking with the doc about goal weight. Mine was 140, but now that I am close I am shooting for 130 (wiggle room, exactly). But for my really short height, I am sort of large boned. Here I was guessing. Never occurred to me to ask my doc! So thanks. I'm due for a follow-up soon and I think I will.

    As for the genetic disorder, deep knowing is powerful stuff so I am glad you're following that gut feeling and seeking medical confirmation. But as other have said, obviously you're gonna be A-OK no matter what they find!

    Thanks as always for another dose of inspiration. emoticon
    3893 days ago
  • DALAI_LALA
    Wow, that weight news is fantastic! Congratulations! As for the other, I hope things come up clear for you, but if not, it sounds like you both can handle it.... HUGS...


    3894 days ago
  • COLUMBINE2
    Wow....this is what dreams are made of! A dr. advising a higher weight than our goal! And you've lost 90 pounds...holy schmoley! What an accomplishment. I sure hope you're feeling happy with your huge effort! You should be! emoticon emoticon
    3894 days ago
  • SLCB1023
    That is great news on your weight!!! It is like an extra holiday gift!! I will thinking and praying for you on your tests!! emoticon
    3894 days ago
  • VALERIEMAHA
    Now that is EXCITING NEWS! HIP HIP HOORAY!!! You progress is STUNNING!!!

    And I say ya da'know until ya know! So wait for the MRI instead of putting that *deep knowing" vibration *out there.* (Ya know what they say about free advice, eh.)

    Strong core -- YES!
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    Maha
    3894 days ago
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